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making news now. >>> a show of defiance today from syrian president, bashar al assad. in front of his supporters, the syrian leader gave his first public speech since june and effectively thumbed his nose at the international community, insisting his vision of syria's future will lead the country out of crisis. al assad also refused to work with the opposition, calling them "enemies of god who will go to hell." al assad has lost all legitimacy and he has to step down, the state department says. >>> search is on right now for famed fashion director vittorio missoni. he, his wife and four others were on a plane that disappeared off the coast of venezuela this weekend. he helps lead a fashion empire worth millions of dollars. >>> as you drone attack killed 17 suspected militants in pakistan's tribal region today that strike near the afghan border injured three, according to intelligence sources. it follows two similar attacks last week, one of which killed a taliban commander. >>> 130 trained mountain rescuers are combing a five-mile area east of seattle. they are looking for this man, 2
a more affordable clothing line for target. >>> now to syria, where president bashar al assad made a rare speech and was in rare form today as he blasted the opposition and defiantly resisted international calls for him to step down. here is cnn's mohammed jamjoon. >> reporter: in a rare public speech on saturday, syria president bashar al assad rediamond fi yant and entrenched, blaming a conspiracy for the turmoil in syria d standing firm against global calls for him to step down. al assad denied his forces were behind the violence that brought so much misery to syria these past 21 months and accused for runners of helping to fuel terrorism on the ground there. >> translator: those are the enemies of the people. and the enemies of god. and the enemies of god will go to hell. >> reporter: al assad's speech deliver nerd an opera hall in damascus was punctuated by loud bursts of applause by the audience who chanted with our hearts with our souls, we will sacrifice four, assad. during the end of this speech, he offered a plan to end the crisis in syria, a plan that includes a national dialog
's embattled president, bashar al assad. nbc's stephanie gosk monitoring developments for us tonight from cairo. stephanie, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. bashar al assad does not show up in public much these days. his last speech was back in june. he spoke live today to his country, conceding nothing and as defiant as ever. in a packed opera theater in damascus, supporters jumped to their feet and cheered for syria's president. "we will die for you," they shouted. the syrian leader did propose a new political solution to syria's conflict, a cease-fire, national reconciliation. eventually, a new constitution. but most of his address seemed to prove just how far off that possibility really is. he called the opposition terrorists, puppets of the west. assad said his government will not negotiate until regional countries stop funding rebel fighters. >> he still thinks that much of the opposition is fundamentally illegitimate. he blames them for the violence. he is trying to remind his foreign sponsors in places like iran and russia that he still is interested in a fight. >> repor
there was a surprise nationwide address by the dictator bashar al-assad andddres what he had to say was a cause for worry. it was his first speech in six months and assad said he won't step down and he won't negotiate with the rebels. the civil war there has spilled over syria's borders from time to time so now u.s. soldiers have landed in turkey to man patriot missiles on the border. holly williams is ourrder. correspondent in turkey reporting from istanbul tonight. holly, why do the turks wanty, these patriot missile batteries?es >> reporter: well, scott, turkey asked its nato allies-- including the united states-- toes-- provide patriot missiles because of fears that syria might use chemical weapons.e the turkish are nervous firstly because they have openly backedr the rebels in syria's civil war and secondly because they share a 600 mile long border with syria and we've already seen fighting spilling across that border. these six missile batteries are aimed at detering a much bigger inversion, they're capable of intercepting missiles and aircraft and they would be usedd they to defend turk
: a rare public appearance of assad addressing torn nation. for first time in six months. leland vitter has more. >> this speech is a combination of the same old, same old, all the rebels are terrorists. we're going to continue to fight and win this war, but it also provided a little bit of diplomatic cover not only for the syrians but also for their allies so the russians can now say, look, assad offered a peace plan and rebels won't talk. they would call it optics and they are important here. assad trying to get control live on state tv. a reminder that a large number of syrians support him especially among the upper class. despite offers for negotiation he was clear he has no intention of leaving and will win this civil war. to the past 20 ms. he says the rebels, we are seeing a growing number of fighters from foreign countries and much more turning syria into a islamic state. rebels say they aren't interested while assad is power. assad has shown he has well more than nine lives of a cat. last summer the state department said they thought damascus would fall within 36 hours. clearly ass
and describe a national reconciliation conference and a new syrian constitution. guest: president assad has adopted a bellicose reaction to the rebellion. it is not an all-out civil war. throughout this conflict, he has adopted this tone that these people are terrorists and criminals. 60,000 syrians have been killed in the civil war. he is going to come middle ground to the rebels who think they are winning at this point. host: cure associated press is pointing out this is his first speech since last june theory his opponents are -- the associated press is pointing out that this is his first speech since last june. guest: the rebels are winning this conflict. the question is how long will it go on and how many syrians have to die before the assad regime toppled or some deal is reached to send him into exile. there is no deal that leaves him sharing any power. host: if he goes into exile, which country will take him? guest: russia has been his biggest backer. it comes immediately to mind as someone who would want to take someone responsible for the death of 60,000. host: during the conflict,
, this round of sanctions? we're going to talk about that. >>> syria's president assad proposing a peace deal to end the blood did i civil war. he is out with a new proposal. why it is being rejected next. [ indistinct conversations ] [ male announcer ] when you wear dentures you may not know it, but your mouth is under attack. food particles infiltrate and bacteria proliferate. ♪ protect your mouth, with fixodent. the adhesive helps create a food seal defense for a clean mouth and kills bacteria for fresh breath. ♪ fixodent, and forget it. your soups are so awesomely delicious my husband and i can't stop eating 'em! what's...that... on your head? can curlers! tomato basil, potato with bacon... we've got a lot of empty cans. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. jenna: welcome back. everybody one. we await the president's announcement today for two new nominees for the secretary of defense and the head of cia there are some brand new developments in the iran nuclear showdown we want to talk to you about. the u.s. is again tighting the economic news noose by releasing ne
nations egyptian is urging assad to resign and supports the opposition but iran is backing the assad administration with russia. after the meeting they held a news conference. >> translator: to solve the situation in syria iran's cooperation is necessary. >> translator: the situation in syria should be solved by syrian, not by intervention from other countries. >> iran will cooperate with egypt. they will support mediation efforts by the un. >>> the public standoff between journalists and government officials is making more headlines. staff say they were censored. they have used their latest edition to take a jab at the communist party. >> reporter: the southern best weekly published its second edition on thursday. >> translator: i came to buy the news to know what's happening and to know the truth. >> translator: media restrictions are getting tighter. >> reporter: they did not run a story detailing their complaint. editors wrote even though the party had the right to control the media, it should change with the times. no major rallies happened on thursday outside the head office. h
for reconciliation from assad is another day of intense fighting a few miles from assad's home base. leland vittert on reaction to assad's message. >> with blood and souls we defend you chanted supporters for his first televised speech in more than six months. we are now in a state of war in every sense of the word, he said speaking live on state tv, appearing in control. he called those fighting against him foreign terrorists. a revolution is normally a movement of the people continued into the revolution of those imported from outside to revolt against the people. despite heavy losses, still rebels fighting the arm dismissed the offer to negotiate. we fight this man bogged down on the rebel front line. the man who calls himself the president, he is the head of a terrorist gang. assad received a number of standing ovations from a crowd of hand picked supporters, especially as he offered to reform all the syrian institution except the presidency. the u.s. state department was equally unimpressed with his offer as they were of the crowd. >> you see them, renting a mob is not that difficult. >> despi
. >> i'm shannen bream in tonight for harris falkner: assad gives a rare speech to supporter and what he says from the u.s. state department. urging syrians to defend their country against the rebels who started against his regime two years ago. it's now a civil war. and 60,000 people estimated to have been killed since it began, saying in a statement. assad's speech today is yet another attempt by the regime to cling to power and does nothing to advance the syrian people's goal of a transition. leland vittert has more from the u.s. bureau. >> shannon, this speech is a combination of the same old-same old, it provided diplomatic covers not only for the syrians, but their allies, russian, not offered a peace plan and the rebels won't even talk. in u.s. politics, they would call it the optics and they're important. president assad looking in control and on state tv and speaking to adoring crowd, remind they're a large number of syrians support him especially among the upper class. despite the offers of negotiation, he has no intention of leaving and will win this civil war. in the past 20
bashar al-assad is vowing to continue his government's fight against rebel groups while ruling out talks with the armed opposition. in his first public address in six months, al-assad called syrian rebels a tool of foreign intervention. >> we are now in a state of war in every sense of the word. we are confronting a vicious, external war. this form of war is more fragmenting and more dangerous than conventional war because it does [indiscernible] it pulls us into carrying out this plan. this war targets syria using a handful of syrians and many foreigners. it is trying to use us to tear down our trees and destroy our foundation. it is with pity this is happening with the help from some our own. >> al-assad said he is open a dialogue but only with those opposition groups tolerated by his regime. his appearance came days after the u.n. reported the death toll from nearly two years of fighting in syria has reached around 60,000. in the rebel-held town of aleppo, syria residents said his fellow citizens don't trust assad. >> any normal citizen listening to his speech heard him say that he as
.s. officials dismissing bashar al-assad's statement as meaning lease to cling to power. what did president bashar al-assad say for the first time in several weeks. >> essentially the president said the same old thing we've been hearing for a longtime. i'm going to stay in power, we are at war and it's time for syrians to fight for their country. he proposed a peace plan which everyone else laughed at because they said it involved bashar al-assad staying in power, and they say it showed that bashar al-assad had lost touch with reality. this is bashar al-assad very much in control. he has a lot of supporters there in the damascus opera house there in the capitol from which he was speaking, a lot of applause there and was speaking live on state television. his detractors will say what what they will, but many people have predicted bashar al-assad's demise over the past 18 or 20 months, they say his days are over. this is a president very much in control of his capitol and much of his country, bill. bill: does that speech change anything on ground, leland. >> reporter: not rile the violence co
egypt's leader about syrian president bashar al assad. we'll talk with wolf blitzer about his exclusive interview with president mohamed morsi. well, yeah, yes. the "name your price" tool. you tell us the price you want to pay, and we give you a range of options to choose from. careful, though -- that kind of power can go to your head. that explains a lot. yo, buddy! i got this. gimme one, gimme one, gimme one! the power of the "name your price" tool. only from progressive. we don't let frequent heartburn come between us and what we love. so if you're one of them people who gets heartburn and then treats day after day... block the acid with prilosec otc and don't get heartburn in the first place! [ male announcer ] one pill each morning. 24 hours. zero heartburn. . >>> he is egypt's first democratically elected leader but since taking office last june mohamed morsi has presided over a country in political turmoil. wolf blitzer sat down with the egyptian president for an hour-long interview. wolf joined me by telephone from cairo for a preview. i started out asking him for the headlines.
today from bashar al assad, and more bloodshed throughout the country. >>> a syrian opposition group says at least 101 people were killed today nationwide. 28 died in de mass cass and the suburbs, 22 in aleppo. as the bombs were falling and the bullets flying, the syrian president lashed out at rebels during his first public speech in seven months. assad was affectionately mobbed by a crowd of adorning supporters in the capital. he told his people and the world that syria is not undergoing the revolution and as long as terrorists are in the country they will not stand down. >> translator: this is a conflict between authority at power or between the enemies of the homeland. this is a conflict those who wanted to take revenge against the people to fragment syria. those are the enemies of the people. and the enemies of god. and the enemies of god will go to hell. >> assad also laid out a plan to end the war starting with foreign can'ts ending their support for what he calls terrorists. his speech drew immediate condemnation from leaders notice u.s. and britain. >>> the dangers in syria
is throwing his support behind the syrians and also fighting to overthrow their president. bashar al assad. wolf blitzer has an exclusive with egyptian president morsi saying he backs the calls by the syrian people for assad to step down. possibly, possibly be tried for war crimes although nuanced in that respect. says that ultimately the fate of assad must be decided by the syrians of all walks of life. >> the syrian people through their revolution and through the movement will when the bloodshed stops move to a new stage where they will have an independent parliament an enthe government of their choosing and then they'll decide what they want to do against those who committed crimes against them. it is the syrian people who decide. >> great interview and very, very timely, as well. you can see all of it with wolf blitzer exclusive interview, that's the egyptian president morsi on "the situation room" today starting at 4:00 p.m. eastern of course here on cnn. ...and down. just use your maxperks card and get a case of x-9 paper for only 1-cent after maxperks rewards. find thousands of big
's embattled president al assad made it clear that he has no plans to step down as the country's leader. he offered a peace plan but rolled out any talks with the armed opposition and said they will not negotiate until regional countries stop fighting. assad must step down. the state department called assad's initiative "detached" from reality in an attempt to cling to power. >>> venezuela's leader hugo chavez is still in cuba following a cancer operation last month. chavez is set to be inaugurated for a fourth presidential term on thursday. it may be postponed if not returned in time. his absense would create a constitutional crisis, possibly leading to an interim government and another election. >>> coming up next, why the bill to avert the first round of the fiscal cliff was stuck with billions, that's right, billions with a "b" of corporate tax gives aways from wall street to hollywood and nascar and you're watching "daily rundown" only on msnbc. first 20 came off, well it wasn't too hard at all." i love breads. you can still eat bread. i love my sweets. i can still have a cookie on wei
. sandy devastated parts of the northeast more than two months ago. >>> syria's president bashar al assad got a standing ovation today moments before he gave a rare public speech. assad said he's standing firm against global calls for him to step down. he laid out his own plan for dealing with syria's civil war. a u.s. state department spokeswoman says assad's plan is detached from reality and assad should resign immediately. >>> pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected u.s. drone strike killed 17 people today. today's attack follows two suspected u.s. drone strikes last week that killed 15 people, including a taliban commander with ties to the pakistani military. demonstrators protested against drone strikes thursday and burned a u.s. flag. >>> well, the man accused in one of the country's worst mass murders goes to court tomorrow. a judge will decide whether there's enough evidence for 25-year-old james holmes to stand trial. he faces more than 150 counts, including first-degree murder and attempted murder in the aurora, colorado, movie theater shooting last july. 12 people were
be with you. [applause] [chanting] >> our coverage will continue. president assad being greeted by his supporters at the opera house in damascus. they have been chanting, "with our soul and blood, we will defend you, assad." [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] lex a discussion about defense spending in us national security. at 9:30 a.m. one c- span2. >> c-span is thorough. almost every program is available on c-span. it will be about coverage and debate on the floor. >> she watches c-span on comcast. 1979, rockeded abouin to you at the public service by your television provider. >> this week on "q&a," author and historian timothy naftali discusses the oral history he conducted as the director of the richard nixon presidential library and museum from 2007 to 2011. >> how would you describe your effort to put nixon on the record, on tape? >> i had the challenge at the federal government was taking over a private museum and library. i was asked to be the first federal director. this was a library that was in plac
blaming outside forces including al qaeda for the violence. bashar al assad dismissing any prospect of meeting with the rebel leaders. was anyone at all surprised that president assad ignored the scope and the root causes, if you will, of the uprising there? >> reporter: not entirely. we haven't seen a lot of bashar al assad in recent months. this was a big speech. he presented it in damascus in a crowded auditorium. he spoke for nearly an hour and really at the end of the speech probably isn't going to change much. he called -- we heard familiar refrains. he called the opposition terrorists and accused them of being made up mostly of al qaeda and made little mention of syrians taking arms against his government and countries in the region are funding and arming the opposition and says he won't negotiate until they stop funding them and went on to propose a new political initiative which would include eventually a new government, new constitution, national reconciliation but said that won't happen until the weapons are put down and these quote/unquote terrorists are no longer funded
grandchildren. his future grandchildren. >>> welcome back. syrian president bashir al assad has rejected international calls to step down. he says he'll continue his fight against rebel forces. he also prosed what he called a new peace plan that the u.s. state department said was detached from reality. >>> in a new interview britain's prince charles discussed the responsibility he feels as his son prince william and his wife kate prepare to make him a grandfather. take a listen. >> i don't want to be confronted by my future grandchildren. so clearly now there's a grandchild it makes it even more obvious, you know, to try and make sure we have them, leave them something that's not a poison chalice. >> prince charles also said he worries every night about his son prince harry who is fighting with british troops in afghanistan. >>> this is one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. mountain vesuvius. nasa released this image showing just how close the active volcano is to more than 3 million people in the city of naples close by. in australia a stray kangaroo led officers on a wild c
. assad speaking out, as defiant as ever, is the international community doing the right thing, stepping back and letting the civil war play out. or should countries like the united states be more actively involved. >> it is very hard for you us. but we ever watching and it's horrible there. i think the u.s. and the europe, must stop the bloodshed in sirria. we are watching what will happen with the weapons that assad is holding, whether it will go to hezbollah or al qaeda. we are watching it very carefully. but i think something must be done by the u.s. and the international community. >> one more question for you. israel seems as always the center of hostility. i am wondering, we have 30 seconds left, is that the way it will always be? >> i beg to argue with you, it's a beautiful place -- >> it's a beautiful place. i have been there. i love israel. it is one of the most special places on the planet. but will it always be the center of controversy? >> we are in the front line. we happen to have a tough neighborhood. because we are in the front line, they are going against us. but if you
nominees. >>> and bashar al assad said that the enemies of his regime are going to hell. jenna shared her recipe with sharon, who emailed it to emily, who sent it to cindy, who wondered why her soup wasn't quite the same. the recipe's not the recipe... ohhh. [ female announcer ] ...without swanson. the broth cooks trust most when making soup. mmmm! [ female announcer ] the secret is swanson. >>> both his friends and enemies are troubled by president bashar al assad's latest show of defiance. speaking before a crowd of cheering supporters, the embattled leader delivered his first public address in six months, laying out terms for a peace plan that, of course, keeps himself in power. he ruled out any talks of the opposition, calling them enemies of god who will go to hell. those are his words. hala gorani is joining us to tell us about this. this was in damascus, the opera house. very deliberate here. >> it makes him look statesman like, and the carefully picked crowd, of course. kind of laughably, that ended up mobbing him at the end of his one-hour speech, we saw, as broadcast by syrian t
and missiles. and defiant new remarks by al assad are dashing hopes the fighting will end anytime soon. cnn's nick payton walsh is in beirut. >> reporter: france today echoed western condemnation of assad's speech on sunday. saying he was in denial of reality and, quote, not fooling anyone. i think what we can really take away from his very defiant tone in front of loyal crowds in a theater in damascus is really the end of all efforts for a peaceful settlement by u.n. and even by moscow's diplomats. there had been such high hopes that it would result in some sort of nudge towards assad giving a political concession or finding some kind of settlement. the way ahead, many fear, is the escalation of violence as we go into the military end game here. assad clear he's simply not going to give up power. as that violence escalates, of course the concern is for the humanitarian situation. half a million refugees registered in syria's neighbors. fears that will mount by hundreds of thousands if the violence escalates. the larger fear now in the months ahead. bitter chill of winter hitting these peop
president bashar al assad in damascus, as he gave a rare personal speech to the country, his first since june. assad called for mobilization in this fight, compared rebel forces to al qaeda, and dismissed national efforts to mediate the crisis, saying syria refused to be, quote, puppets of the west. >>> west coast headlines are next with a price strike in a new health care law, which was supposed to prevent any kind of strike. >>> plus the challenges for chuck hagel's nomination as defense secretary. is he worth fighting for? >>> some head linlines making n out on the west coast. the yakima herald republic in washington state has this headline. "gop looks more divided post cliff." it's about how headlining party may not be able to negotiate the debt ceiling. >>> and the press democrat has "health care rates spike," it's about health care companies seeking big premium increases for customers even though one of the biggest objectives of the health care law was to stem the loss to consumers. >>> and the mail tribune in medford, oregon, has this headline. "despite our best efforts, folks kee
congressional panel gives us an inside look? syrian president assad makes his first public appearance in months. details on his defiant speech coming up next. it did house rule number 53. big time taste should fit in a little time cup. new single serve cafe collections from maxwell house now available for use in the keurig k-cup brewer. always good to the last drop. we don't let frequent heartburn come between us and what we love. so if you're one of them people who gets heartburn and then treats day afr day... block the acid with prilosec otc and don't get heartburn in the first place! [ male announcer ] e pill eachmorning. 24 hours. zero heartbur >> president obama's gun control plan appears to be taking shape now. peter doocy standing by with some of the top stories. >> a senior administration official says the white house is taking a broad approach with gun laws being only part of the issue. the washington post reports a working group is considering universal bangground checks for buyers and tracking the sale and movement of weapons. new jersey governor chris christie says there are more im
after president bashar al-assad proposed an end to the conflict on sunday. in his first public speech in months, assad offered a national reconciliation conference. but at the same time, he branded the rebels "murderous criminals" that the west should not support. in washington, state department spokesperson victoria nuland dismissed the speech. >> i don't think there's anything about the speech that changes the progression of work that we're doing with the opposition. i think we have to continue to see how things develop on the ground. we have to continue to see how they develop as a force, but, as we have said, we do consider them the legitimate representatives now of the syrian people. >> sreenivasan: last week, the u.n. estimated that nearly 60,000 people have died in the syrian civil war. prosecutors in india moved forward today in the case of five men accused in the gang rape and murder of a young woman in new delhi. the suspects heard the charges against them in a preliminary hearing. then they left court with their heads covered, to be escorted back to jail. meanwhile, protest
is the situation right now in regards to syria's nuclear weapons? does assad have the intention to use those weapons? do you think the visit to the pentagon is to discuss the this topic, this issue? >> the secretary panetta and him have met on a number of occasions. i'm sure the talk of syria will come up. to your question on chemical weapons, without get together deep in intelligence i'm unaware of any information that the syrians are planning to use the chemical weapons. let me be very clear, this government would view that kind of actions a a red line. officials have been clear about that. we will continue to do so. the assad regime and it continues to perpetrate violence against its own people, it is unacceptable and it is time for the assad regime to go. but in the meantime, they have a serious responsibility to maintain security over their chemical weapons and not to use them. >> so you believe that the syrian chemical weapons are in good hands, are safe so far? >> the syrian regime has an obligation to maintain security over the syrian chemical weapons stockpiles. i have not heard of
refused to bring a $60 billion sandy bill up for a house vote. >>> syrian president bashar al assad defiant and refusing to step down. he made his first public speech dismissing any chances that he would stop the forces. he called on the west to stop funding them. >>> we're about to learn a lot more about accused aurora gunman james holmes and the evidence against him. we go live to colorado for a preview of today's hearing. that's coming up. but their shakes aren't always made for people with diabetes. that's why there's glucerna hunger smart shakes. they have carb steady, with carbs that digest slowly to help minimize blood sugar spikes. and they have six grams of sugars. with fifteen grams of protein to help manage hunger... look who's getting smart about her weight. [ male announcer ] glucerna hunger smart. a smart way to help manage hunger and diabetes. >>> welcome back to "early start," everyone. in just a few hours, james holmes, the suspect in the aurora, colorado, shooting massacre will be in a hearing. prosecutors will be presenting evidence and for the first time the publ
, gave a rare public speech there. bashar al assad blamed, quote, enemies of the people for syria's problems. >> translator: this is a government who wanted to take revenge against the people, and to fragment syria. those are the enemies of the people. and the enemies of god, and the enemies of god will go to hell. >> but the president of egypt says al assad is the one responsible for the bloodshed that killed a reported 60,000 syrians in the last two years here. mohamed morsi spoke yesterday with wolf blitzer. >> translator: it is not i who wants this but the syrian people who want this. this phase is the phase of the people, similar to what the egyptian people wanted, the seer syrian people want it and we support the syrian people and they are going to win and they have the will to win. >> you say the syrian people want bashar al assad to be tried for war crimes. >> translator: the syrian people drew their revolution and through the movement will, when the bloodshed stops, move to a new stage where they will have an independent parliament and the government of their choosing. an
reports the chemical weapons of the bashar al-assad regime are ready and could be launched within hours if the order is given. live details on that when we continue. i need you. i feel so alone. but you're not alone. i knew you'd come. like i could stay away. you know i can't do this without you. you'll never have to. you're always there for me. shh! i'll get you a rental car. i could also use an umbrella. fall in love with progressive's claims service. times reporting that syria's stock of chemical weapons is loaded and ready for use if president bashar al-assad gives the order to use them on his own people as that war rages. leland vittert watches it live from our middle east bureau. what is the latest now? >> reporter: though the intelligence came out a couple of weeks ago that the syrians had begun mixing the chemical weapons, that was based on satellite intelligence and signals intelligence, meaning communications intercept. that's when the u.s. went into high gear diplomatically and made it clear to the syrians and the r*ugtss that the use of chemical weapons would be crossing a r
morning news." the white house is dismissing a peace plan outlined by syria's president, bashar assad, that would allow him to remain in power. in a rare public speech, assad outlined his plan which includes a cease-fire, national reconciliation, a new constitution. assad said he would not step down and blamed his country's struggles on the opposition, referring to them as terrorists and puppets of the west. >>> "the san jose mercury news," despite being advised not to go to north korea by the u.s. state department, former new mexico governor bill richardson and google ceo eric schmidt have arrived in that country this morning. the reason for their trip not clear. speculation, though, has been they're seeking the release of korean-american kenneth bay, arrested on unspecified charges. richardson, a former u.n. ambassador, has traveled to north korea several times before. >>> "the wall street journal." french actor gerard depardieu received a hero's welcome as he begins this week as a russian citizen. depardieu expatriated in protest of france's high tax rates on the wealthy and has re
to see this in the senate and what deval patrick has to do. the other large bore is bashar assad. he gave a speech that was given in syria. he said "i'm not negotiating with terrorists." take that. yeah, sounds familiar. he is -- we keep waiting for him to fall, 60,000 syrians killed in this violence and no sign of -- >> amazing he lasted this long. >> mine is not exactly a new face. joe biden. on new year's day showed he is the one in the white house that can still work with congress. i think this is going to be a big year for biden because if the president is going to get anything accomplished with congress, it's clear he will need biden to work directly with them. i look for biden and wonder if it's going to make or break his prospects. >> they call him the mcconnell whisperer. >> i spent a day with susana martinez, a republican hispanic governor of new mexico when she took office a year ago, she had a deficit and came in, worked with the democratic legislature, balanced the budget. they no longer has a deficit and right now the president is considering signing katie's law which has to
, the white house has rejected a new proposal from syrian dictator bashar al assad. in a rare speech sunday, he offered to draw up a new constitution and to begin a peace process to end the civil war in his country that has now claimed more than 60,000 lives. he refused to step down or even negotiate with rebels. >>> the nation's largest banks are reportedly close to striking a deal over foreclosure abuses. 14 banks, including chase, bank of america, citigroup, and wells fargo, are expected to agree to a $10 billion settlement. that money will be used to reimburse evicted home oowners d help lower the balances of other struggling homeowners. >>> an invasion off the coast of southern california. squid, giant squid are racing towards shore. look at this. not your typical five-pounders. we're not talking calamari. we're talking babies that are 25 pounds or more. so many, in fact, that the two fishermen that you see here, caught 800 of them, in two boats in just two hours. reportedly, feeding on krill coming in with the tide, which makes me feel not one bit better about it. it certainly makes i
of marriage act is heard the following day on march 27th. new violence in syria after president assad's declaration that he will not step down in a public address, he announced only he dictates the end of the civil war, a 21-month conflict costing more than 60,000 lives so far. those are your headlines. back to ashley. ashley: lawn -- lauren green, thank you so much. appreciate it. president obama facing heavy oppositions from republicans about the nomination of secretary of defense, and rich edson at the white house with more on this story. rich? >> well, one of the next of many fights in the u.s. senate, this one for senator chuck hagel, the president's pick to lead the pentagon, ashley, and looking at the case the white house makes is one that he's a decorated combat veteran, bun who is a bipartisan pick as a former republican senator from the state of nebraska, shows, the white house says, dependence in the pick, and advocate for war veterans, and the white house wants to make the point that he would be a solid steward of taxpayer money. >> as a successful businessman, he knows as
guys were our guys are gone, like mubarak. probably, probably assad is also a goner. such a nice plate -- place like tunisia has gone islamic. qatar, one of the greatest dependence of the united states is turning towards the extremists. hamas attack on israel is not out of the blue. it comes out of that strategic, change strategic map. so here we are being reminded once more, the careful what you wish for. we want a democracy. we seem to be getting islamization, and thus to the middle east movement that is not, say, friendly towards the west let alone towards israel. so what do we do until the good guys really become good guys, and to islamists become good liberal democrats? and didn't we at the very harsh harsh question i'm asking, didn't we do better with the mubarak's for the last 40 years? >> let me just responds very quickly which some of us -- summons us back to 2002001, 2002 to try to insert in our foreign aid to egypt, money for economic development in the for human rights, for other reforms that we felt were very necessary because obviously the nature of the mubarak government
and assad regime got private messages from iraq turkey and others. the syrians backed down. >>> the "san francisco chronicle" says an empty oil tanker sideswiped the bay bridge between oakland and san francisco. no oil spilled into the bay and the bridge was not damaged. >>> the boston globe" says investigators are investigating a mishap aboard an empty boeing 787 dreamliner at logan airport. no one was hurt. >>> according to "the telegraph" the captain of the "costa concordia" says he was painted worse than osama bin laden. >>> we are starting out with patchy dense fog in spots although this is a nice shot. looks like sunrise. a gorgeous day outside, some of that patchy fog showing up in the east bay valleys and a dense fog advisory through 9 a.m. 30s and 40s right now. by the afternoon, hazy sunshine and the warmest day of the week 50s and some 60s outside. next couple of days big changes. slight chance of showers tomorrow. very cold into thursday and friday. >> announcer: this national weather report sponsored by subway restaurants. amazingly under 200 ca
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